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adjective dec·i·mal \ˈde-sə-məl, ˈdes-məl\

Definition of decimal

  1. :  numbered or proceeding by tens:a :  based on the number 10; especially :  expressed in or utilizing a decimal system especially with a decimal pointb :  subdivided into 10th or 100th units decimal coinage

decimally

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Examples of decimal in a Sentence

  1. In the number 8.901, the 9 is in the first decimal place.

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Origin and Etymology of decimal

French décimal, from Medieval Latin decimalis of a tithe, from Latin decima tithe — more at dime

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decimal

noun dec·i·mal

Definition of decimal

  1. :  any real number expressed in base 10; especially :  decimal fraction

Examples of decimal in a Sentence

  1. The number 67.398 is a decimal. It is equal to the whole number 67 plus the decimal.398.

  2. Seven-tenths written as a decimal is.7. Seven-tenths written as a fraction is {frac7.

  3. The decimal.2 is equal to the fraction {frac2.

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First Known Use of decimal

1651

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DECIMAL Defined for English Language Learners

decimal

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Definition of decimal for English Language Learners

  • mathematics : based on the number 10

decimal

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Definition of decimal for English Language Learners

  • mathematics : a number that is written with a dot between the part of the number that is equal to 1 or more and the part of the number that is less than 1


DECIMAL Defined for Kids

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decimal

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adjective dec·i·mal \ˈde-sə-məl, ˈdes-məl\

Definition of decimal for Students

  1. 1 :  based on the number 10 :  numbered or counting by tens We use a decimal system of writing numbers.

  2. 2 :  expressed in or including a decimal The decimal form of 1⁄4 is .25.


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noun dec·i·mal

Definition of decimal for Students

  1. :  a proper fraction in which the denominator is 10 or 10 multiplied one or more times by itself and is indicated by a point placed at the left of the numerator the decimal .2=2⁄10, the decimal .25=25⁄100, the decimal .025=25⁄1000


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